Native, Veteran-Owned Chinook Medical Gear Honored for Contributing to Durango’s Economic Diversity

Chinook Medical Gear provides tactical medical gear and supplies for medical professionals and personal use. The business carries unique medical kits for the government, military, law enforcement, home, travel and more. (Chinook Medical Gear – Facebook)

Each year, Colorado’s Minority Business Office honors for-profit businesses who have contributed to the economic diversity and success of minority communities in Colorado.

The award recognizes businesses across four categories and in four regions of Colorado. Recipients must be at least 51% owned by minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ or disabled individuals. They must be a Colorado-based business in good standing with the Secretary of State and have a history of generating revenue for at least twelve months.

Chinook Medical Gear was named a winner of the 2020 Governor’s Minority Business Award. The veteran- and Native American-owned medical gear supply company provides tactical medical gear for medical professionals and personal use. The business carries unique medical kits for the government, military, law enforcement, home, travel and more. Chinook Medical Gear has been a staple of the Durango business landscape for the past 30 years.

When Ben Crowder, a Native veteran, purchased Chinook in 2015, he recognized the importance of keeping the business local, and the company continuously strives to invest in the community. 

In 2015, Chinook was chosen by The White House to promote the new nationwide initiative, Stop the Bleed, which encourages bystanders in emergency situations to act as immediate responders and stop life-threatening bleeding. Chinook has tirelessly continued to promote the initiative at a local and national level. 

At Chinook’s encouragement, the City of Durango proclaimed May as Stop the Bleed Month in 2020. 

With the award, Chinook will receive free small business development training, one 30-second video promotion, recognition at the 2020 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo, two free mentorship sessions with a prominent business leader and five hours of free marketing consultation and strategy development. 

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